(Pycnonotidae; Ϯ Black-headed Bulbul B. atriceps) Gr. βραχυς brakhus  short; ποδιον podion  little foot  < dim. πους pous, ποδος podos  foot; "the species has a good deal the character of an Alcippe  ...  excepting in its very small tarsi and toes" (Blyth 1845); "there remains that of Lanius melanocephalus, Gm., and its congeners, for which I can find no appellation, and shall therefore designate Brachypodius.  ...   Brachypodius, nobis.    1. Br. entilotus [sic], (Jardine and Selby), Ill. Orn., 2nd series. (Non vidi.) Hab. Malacca.   2. Br. poiocephalus, (Jerdon). Southern India.   3. Br. melanocephalus, (Gmelin): Turdoides atriceps, Temminck. Malay countries, extending northwards to Arracan and Tipperah.   4. Br. cinereoventris, Nobis.  ...  Inhabits Tipperah.   5. Br. tristis, nobis.  ...  inhabits Penang.  ...  6? Br.? criniger, A. Hay.  ...  Inhabits Malacca." (Blyth 1845); "Brachypodius Blyth, 1845, Journ. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 14, p. 576. Type, by original designation, Lanius melanocephalos Gmelin [1788, Syst. Nat., 1, pt. 1, p. 309 ( not Lanius melanocephalos Gmelin 1788, Syst. Nat., 1, pt. 1, p. 301) = Turdus atriceps Temminck 1822]." (Deignan in Peters 1960, IX, 227).
Synon. Brachypus, Micropus, Prosecusa.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 January 2019).